Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves
* It is essential
that orphaned birds be kept warm on a towel lined heating pad, set on low
or placed under a low wattage lamp.
* Since baby birds have difficulty regulating their body temperature, wrapping them in a towel or keeping them in a warm room is not enough.
They need a heat source.
(If no heating pad is available, a hot water bottle
may be used or fill an old sock about 2/3 full of rice
, microwave for a few seconds, making sure it isn't too hot & place it around the bird.
* Do not
turn the heating pad temperature too high thinking this will warm the baby bird faster. Low setting is recommended.
Birds need to be warmed gradually
until their body temperature has been maintained.
* Do not
put a baby bird in the sun to warm him. He will quickly become dehydrated.
attempt to feed a baby bird that is cold
or in any type of respiratory distress.
Baby birds must
be warmed before they can digest any food.
* Keeping a baby bird warm is the most important step in saving his life.
* Many birds that appear near death have been revived after 20-30 minutes on a heating pad.
A Pigeon's Prayer
Please watch over us while we fly,
Keeping us safe from the predators that share the sky.
If we become ill or injured in any way,
Please lead us to safety where we are welcome to stay.